Service Manager - Flood & Water Management

£48,219 yearly
  • Somerset County Council
  • Taunton, UK
  • 14 Apr, 2022
Full time Water Management

Job Description


A bit about us

As a Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA), Somerset County Council are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses.

Somerset will be disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change.

This means we have a lot of work to do – but it also makes us an excellent place to grow your career in Flood and Water Management. 

We need an exceptional individual to lead our team and keep the County economically, socially, and environmentally resilient.

Somebody who can shape the strategic direction of flood and water management for the Council during a period of significant change.

Somebody like you.

Here's what you can expect to be doing

As the Service Manager, you’ll take an instrumental role in developing our service for the future. You’ll:

  • Shape the strategic direction of flood and water management
  • Commission a new Flood Risk Strategy
  • Advise senior officers and elected members on fulfilling our statutory and regulatory responsibilities
  • Develop and manage a service that delivers for Somerset residents and plays and integral part in responding to the challenges of climate change
  • Oversee delivery of programmes of studies and capital works

A few things about you

You’ll be a good fit for this role if you:

  • Are able to co-ordinate and manage workloads
  • Can work successfully with Members and Directors on complex issues and the development of strategic direction
  • Have a track record of operating corporate projects and providing clear advice on policy options and policy development
  • Can develop communicate effectively with stakeholders and the public
  • Have sound technical and/or practical knowledge of drainage systems, delivery of capital schemes and flood risk management.

You will need to be educated to degree level in Civil or Environmental Engineering, Science or a similar discipline (or able to demonstrate equivalent and relevant experience in the industry).

Additional information

If you’re interested in finding out more, we’d love to hear from you. Just get in touch with Jonathan Doyle on 01823 359545.

As this is a customer facing role, you will need to speak Fluent English.

We recommend applying as soon as possible. Depending on the level of response, we anticipate conducting interviews and potentially making an offer, ahead of the closing date.

Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset.

We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

  • The successful candidate can expect to be supported in developing their skills through further through formal training or self-directed learning where knowledge or skill set gaps important for the role, are identified.
  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

Closing Date 10th May 2022